Sundays: 15 October - 10 December 2023 (9 weeks)
“Although the body has been a constant and persistent subject of human expression, the various ways in which we choose to represent the human body continues to evolve. As a teacher I am interested in guiding students towards a deeper expression of their sculptural practice as they interpret the human body, my main interest being to encourage them in developing a personal sculptural language.” – Jenny Pollak
This workshop will guide both the beginner and the more experienced artist through the process involved in working with clay from the life model. Over the course of 9 weeks students will be supported to develop their skills in observation, modelling and interpretation. Students will be encouraged to develop a more personal language or means of expression by learning to look with intention and push their work beyond a merely faithful representation of the body. This exploration will be augmented by looking at the work of the great sculptors past and present. Drawing will also be used as a warm up exercise on the first day.
Pictured: inspiration from Giacometti.
*Early Bird discount finishes 25 September.
3 – 27 January 2024
Italy comes to Erskineville in January 2024!
You will learn to use traditional hand-tools and techniques for carving, including methods of transferring ideas onto a piece of marble and finding form within the stone. Participants will work directly on the famous White Statuario Marble from Carrara to acquire basic skills and to understand the nature of the material.
Workshop 1 - 5 Day Marble Carving: Wed 3 - Sun 7 January.
Workshop 2 - 10 Day Marble Carving: Wed 10 - Sat 20 January (rest day on 15th).
Workshop 3 - 5 Day Marble Carving: Tue 23 - Sat 27 January.
Fees: 5 Day Workshop: $1,150
10 Day Workshop: $1,950
Fees include one piece of marble, tuition, use of tools and GST.
About Alnassar: Special Guest teacher Alnassar was born in Syria. He lives and works in Carrara, Italy among the white Michelangelo marble quarries, where he teaches sculpture courses and works on small and monumental sculptures. His works have been shown in individual and group exhibitions internationally. Visit Alnassar's website here.
Please note, that these Workshops are open to any skill level, but carving marble for 5 or 10 days, will be physically straining and tiring, especially if it is a warm January. Please think about your physical capabilities before booking into a Workshop.
Sat 20 & Sun 21 April, 2024, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Known since Neolithic times, hand felted wool can form intriguingly soft and complex sculptural shapes. Anita will teach you fundamental felting techniques, how to make seamless three-dimensional forms using resists, to layer resists, and to model solid felted shapes in your hand using agitation and soapy water. Explore the wonderful realm of felted sculpture.
Anita Johnson's work pictured above.
Fees: $395.30, Early Bird: $360.30*
Fees include: materials and GST. *Early Bird discount available until 30 March 2024.